Another Country Sideboard Two. Featuring Heron.
Another Country Sideboard Two. Featuring Heron.

With the summer drawing to a close, our sights are firmly set on September and all the design inspiration it has to offer by way of the highly anticipated London Design Festival 2022. This year, we’re extremely excited to be exhibiting as part of Material Matters 2022 – a new fixture on the London design calendar.

Taking place from 22-25 September on the capital’s Southbank, the event brings together “over 40 world-leading brands, designers, makers and organisations to celebrate the importance of materials and their ability to shape our lives.” It’s safe to say we’re thrilled to be a part of the inaugural gang, showcasing our 100% recycled and recyclable plastic surfaces on the 4th floor of the iconic Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf. What’s more, we’re launching a brand-new, never-before-seen material at the show: Heron.

Read on for a sneak peek of what you can expect from Smile Plastics at LDF 2022...

Oxo Tower and Wharf from the river with Ocean, Spectra and Rootfull. Photographer Stylist @jessicajungcreative
Oxo Tower and Wharf from the river with Ocean, Spectra and Rootfull. Photographer Stylist @jessicajungcreative

Introducing a certified classic: Heron

With layered feathery soft grey tones, a smattering of yellow hues, warm ochre flecks, black and blizzard white, it’s hard to imagine that Heron came from humble beginnings. But, in fact, it was created from the staple kitchen fixtures we use every day. Would-be discarded white goods make up the foundations of the Heron mix, bringing a unique aesthetic and colour palette that is less reminiscent of its original material make-up and more alike the appearance of the statuesque bird after which it was named.

Available in 3000mm x 1200mm x 5, 12 or 20mm sheets, and other smaller format sizes, it’s the perfect addition to sustainability-conscious commercial schemes, from workplace, to hospitality, co-living to BTR. Visitors to our stand at Material Matters will be treated to an exclusive first look at Heron and will have the opportunity to take samples away.

Geometric Jungle reimagined

A sneak peak into our reimagined stand for LDF Material Matters
A sneak peak into our reimagined stand for LDF Material Matters

Showcasing a combination of our materials, Geometric Jungle is an evolution of our exhibition at February’s Surface Design Show. It explores the versatility of Smile Plastics through totems featuring different sized sheets – including 2000mm x 1000mm - shape construction, and fabrication.

In addition to our brand-new material Heron, Alba and a vibrant pop of Kaleido will form the curves and sharp angles of our various totems. Samples will also be on offer for all the materials exhibited.

Meet our team

Our team will be on-site for the duration of the festival, meaning you can speak to us about your material requirements at any time with no appointment needed. Plus, we’ll be taking part in the Material Matters talks programme, with further details to be announced shortly.

For a more hands-on experience with our materials, you can book to attend our upcoming workshop and CPD at the EDGE showroom in Marylebone on 22nd September. For more information and to secure your place, click here.

Later in the year, you can also get to know more about our founders Rosalie & Adam by listening to their interview on the Material Matters podcast - from the founders of the Material Matters exhibition at the London Design Festival. Stay tuned, literally, for more details, coming soon.

Material Matters at the London Design Festival opens to the public on Thursday 22 Sept: 10am - 6pm; Friday 23 September: 10am - 6pm; Saturday 24 September: 10am - 6pm & Sunday 25 September: 11am - 4pm. Register for your free ticket here – we can’t wait to see you there.